“Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black & White,” Bounce TV’s original documentary which chronicles the extraordinary life of the iconic civil rights activist and Bounce Trumpet Awards founder and her profound contributions to the African American community, has been named a semi-finalist in 14 distinguished film festivals. It has captivated audiences since its debut on Bounce TV on Juneteenth, racking up nominations at the following events:


●       Atlanta Movie Awards

●       Chicago Filmmaker Awards

●       Denver Movie Awards

●       Hawaii International Film Awards

●       London International Filmmakers Festival

●       Montreal Women Film Festival

●       Nashville Independent Filmmakers Festival

●       New Orleans International Film Awards

●       New York International Women Festival

●       Oakland Film Festival

●       Sacramento Independent Film Festival

●       Santa Cruz Independent Film Festival

●       San Jose Independent Film Festival

●       Santa Monica International Filmmakers Awards



“‘Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black & White’ is a tribute to a living legend who has paved the way for countless African Americans across various professions and industries to be recognized for their contributions to the culture. It was our pleasure to produce her story and help to give her the recognition she deserves. We are flattered, though not surprised, by the overwhelmingly positive response from all these acclaimed film festivals,” said David Hudson, head of original programming, The E.W. Scripps Company.


“Xernona Clayton: A Life in Black & White” delves into Clayton’s life, from her modest beginnings in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her dedicated efforts in promoting racial understanding. The documentary features her extraordinary career milestones, including becoming the first Black woman in the South to host a TV show, contributing to the blueprint for desegregating hospitals in the South and convincing a KKK grand dragon to renounce his position and the organization.


The film takes viewers on a journey through Clayton’s nearly century-long life, from her time as an aide and close friend to Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King to her groundbreaking broadcasting career with Ted Turner. This career ultimately led to the creation of The Trumpet Awards, designed by Clayton to recognize outstanding accomplishments by African Americans who have succeeded against great odds, inspiring success in others. The Bounce Trumpet Awards recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.



Comments about Clayton:


“Whatever she does…she does in the spirit of love.” – Martin Luther King III


“If I’m able to take off it’s because people like Xernona Clayton paved the runway so smooth.”
 – Senator Raphael Warnock


“Her personality is like a bottle of champagne bubbling over” Ambassador Andrew Jackson


“Xernona Clayton: A Life In Black & White” is currently streaming on and


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Bradenton Herald